Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018 – Blood Moon

Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse July 2018 AstrologyThe full moon on July 27, 2018 at 4° Aquarius is a total lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse July 2018 astrology is mainly influenced by Mars, making this an emotionally challenging eclipse. Mars anger and frustration could easily turn to reckless actions because of a harsh aspect to Uranus. A more gentle influence from Saturn will make it a little easier to calm down, and some fixed stars give patience and decisiveness in a crisis. However, these same stars can also cause aggression and emotional problems.

Remaining calm in a crisis is the key to dealing with this overly emotional lunar eclipse. This is particularly important for the next two weeks while the July 12  solar eclipse is still active. It brings the potential for a crisis with your self-esteem, a relationship or an event, and for neurotic distress triggered by a deeply buried subconscious fear of disaster.

The July 2018 lunar eclipse is a rare central lunar eclipse, where part of the Moon passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow. It is also the longest total lunar eclipse this century, lasting 1 hour and 23 minutes. This powerful total lunar eclipse is also called a blood moon because of the reddish color caused by light being refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. A blood moon conjunct Mars is an omen of war, and will be most visible over hot spots in the Middle East like Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israel.

Lunar Eclipse Meaning

Like a regular full moon only stronger, a lunar eclipse focuses your attention on your emotions, intimate relationships, and your home and family. The longest total lunar eclipse this century is going to have an incredibly powerful influence on your private life. Sun opposite Moon qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse.

With a total lunar eclipse in particular, the blotting out of the Moon represents a resetting of your emotions, clearing away the emotional baggage of the previous six months. The July 27 lunar eclipse complements themes found in the July 12  solar eclipse to form a brief eclipse phase which lasts to the August 11 solar eclipse. The July 27 lunar eclipse and the August 11 solar eclipse then form a regular eclipse phase lasting until the solar eclipse on January 5, 2019.

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Astrology

The total lunar eclipse on Friday July 27, 2018 at 04°44′ Aquarius is conjunct Mars by less than one degree. The fiery red planet makes this an emotionally challenging eclipse. A testing square aspect to Uranus makes the heated emotions more impulsive but they are moderated somewhat by a gentle semi-sextile aspect to Saturn.

The July 2018 lunar eclipse and Mars are located in the Head of the Sea Goat, Capricornus Constellation. A number of fixed star in this region give patience and trust, but also emotional problems which will exacerbate the unbalanced emotions of the Moon and Mars square Uranus.

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Astrology

Lunar Eclipse July 2018

Lunar Eclipse Conjunct Mars

Moon conjunct Mars is the strongest influence on the lunar eclipse and will make you feel strong, sexy and brave. Your quick instincts and fighting spirit can be used to defend your home and family. However, it will be difficult to control your strong emotions. If you start to feel irritable, impatient, bossy or mean, it is a signal that you need to back off and try to relax. You are likely to lose your temper or act irrationally if you stay in an agitated state. If you can’t calm down then try to apply your energy to something or someone you really care about. This could range from cleaning your house to giving a loved one an invigorating massage.

Mars retrograde creates an excessive amount of sexual tension and frustration which is difficult to express. Mars retrograde means you should think twice before acting. Fated events and repeating themes will reinforce which of your strong desires need more background work before being acted upon. Such events could be painful but needed so you back off and don’t make a major mistake. You may have struggled with destructive Mars behaviors like anger, rage, violence or sexual abuse. If so, events will force you to admit you have some anger management issues. This too, could be a very painful experience.

Other Lunar Eclipse Aspects

Moon square Uranus can cause rapid mood swings and impulsive reactions. You may feel jumpy and have little patience for anything requiring commitment or focus. You are likely to lash out and rebel against anyone who tries to tie you down or forces you to do something. Uranus makes it harder to relax because of an unsettling feeling, or anticipation of something new just around the corner. This is not a good lunar eclipse for making sudden changes, especially in close relationships. You may experience emotional outbursts from friends or family. Your natural instinct will be to run from any emotionally demanding situations.

Moon semisextile Saturn makes you feel protective of your family and partner. Saturn will moderate your emotions to an extent, and make it easier to calm down. It gives a caring, patience and responsible attitude. Feelings of commitment, respect and loyalty to family may not be as strong as your anger and resentment, but they may stop you from taking rash actions that you would soon regret.

More Aspects

Mars square Uranus  gives a strong urge to break free from restriction and rebel against authority. A tendency to act rashly without regard for the consequences can lead to great disruption in your life. Awareness of this dynamic energy can instead lead to inventive and creative breakthroughs and a reinvigorated personal life. You cannot restrain this erratic energy so must express your crazy, creative or inventive side in a safe environment. An original outlook may lead to works of creative brilliance or scientific breakthroughs, but you should avoid impulsive actions and taking dangerous risks.

Saturn trine Uranus represents a transition phase in life. This aspect makes the emotional turmoil and change caused by the lunar eclipse less upsetting or erratic. It helps you stay calm and patient. You can find new ways of doing old things without rocking the boat. Perhaps you could take the lead in your career to initiate needed changes and gain respect and recognition from your boss. You may be given more responsibility but also be allowed enough freedom to tackle the work in your own way.

The Head of the Sea Goat

Even though this eclipse falls in the Sign of Aquarius, the Moon is in the Constellation of Capricornus. Since our horoscope was invented over 2000 years ago, the Signs have moved nearly 30 degrees out of alignment with the Constellations they were named after. The precession of the equinoxes is the reason for this inherent error in our zodiac. So for astrological meaning I use the fixed stars and not Sun Signs. “On Earth, as it is in Heaven.”

Fixed star Giedi gives beneficence, sacrifice and offering. Mars with Giedi causes abruptness, aggression and much criticism. [1] Both Giedi and Dabih give patience, trust, faith, and decisiveness in a crisis. But also “more crises than anyone would wish.” With Mars, the strain may be too much. [2]

Fixed star Dabih with the Moon gives success in business and wealth, but trouble through the opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure. [1] It also causes extreme emotional problems. When poorly aspected by the transiting Sun, as it is with a lunar eclipse, it can cause mental instability for two or three days as the aspect becomes exact. This makes it hard to relate with the public and gives a preference for being alone. Lunar eclipse July 2018 will be particularly challenging for the generation born in the early 1940’s, when Pluto was in early Leo. [3] 

Oculus and Bos are similar to Giedi and Dabih, but with a tendency towards conservatism, and perhaps a lack forward-looking vision in times of crisis. [2] 

Constellation Capricornus has a great influence over human affairs portending major changes in such areas as climate and political customs. Unfavorably situated with regards to lunar eclipses, it indicated major storms, especially at sea. [4]

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Path

The total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 will be completely visible over Eastern Africa, and Central Asia, seen rising over South America, Western Africa, and Europe, and setting over Eastern Asia, and Australia.

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Path

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Path

If Lunar Eclipse July 2018 directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about it in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see Full Moon Transits.

Previous Moon Phase: Solar Eclipse 12 July 2018
Next Moon Phase: Solar Eclipse 11 August 2018

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 Times and Dates

  • Los Angeles – July 27, 1:20 pm
  • New York – July 27, 4:20 pm
  • London – July 27, 9:20 pm
  • Delhi – July 28, 1:50 am
  • Sydney – July 28, 6:20 am


  1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.167.
  2. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.101.
  3. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.141.
  4. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.51.

68 thoughts on “Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018 – Blood Moon

  1. Dear Jamie! What a great post, I admire your writing as always. This eclipse seats right on my ascendant 5 Aquarius and is opposite natal Mars 5 Leo and squares natal Uranus 3 Scorpio.
    Hot stuff.
    Eclipse trines Sun and IC at 5 degrees
    would you maybe have any advice?????

  2. Great post Jamie! I just wonder why are you not considering the trine between Venus and Pluto which is very close in orb?

    • Yes it is very close and I should have mentioned it. I limited myself to aspects directly involving the Moon this time.

  3. wow! this eclipse is quite interesting. My rising sign will be conjucnt the north node in Leo …should I expect a crucial career change? or something related to a relationship as the moon will be close to my descendent ( technically before the descendent as my rising sign is at 5.48 Leo) . Thanks !

      • Thank you Jamie! As Mars is retrograde, should I feel this eclipse now and again in September?
        By the way, could an eclipse trigger dreams?
        I usually have dreams that are either premonitory or give me info. yesterday night I had one of those related to a close relationship…could neptune transit opposite my natal juno and jupiter be involved on this?

  4. My midhaven is at 4.44 Aquarius. The mars retrograde is relevant too, as it goes retrograde at 9 Aquarius, the degree of my sun, and direct on my natal Jupiter, the top of my chart. Big things I hope!

    • Do you think this influence can be felt if your natal Venus is at 00 degrees Aquarius?

        • I read your moon conjunct venus blog, but it doesn’t make sense. Your blog speaks of start of new romance, gaining money and beautiful items and friendship with women. I thought this eclipse is with ketu, the south node, which meant detachment or letting go of venus related issues or emotions in this case. No?

          • That doesn’t make sense to me. Why should the South Node be challenging while the north node is positive.

            • Because the south node signifies detachment, losses, letting go, and the north node is the opposite which means growth, gaining something in whatever area of the chart that it’s transiting. Right now the north node is in Leo, and the south node in Aquarius! There are gains wherever the north node is and losses or detachment where the south node is. Or am I wrong?

            • In other words if a person has their Venus within 4 or 5 degrees of 4° Aquarius and this eclipse is with the south node of the moon (which is currently transiting Aquarius) I would think there will be a loss or detachment of venus related matters for that person. At least that’s my understanding of eclipses involving personal planets aspecting rahu & ketu / north and south nodes of the moon.

            • I just wonder why the South Node was originally associated with negative things. Northern hemisphere bias?

            • Northern hemisphere? Haha… No! All know is that since this eclipse is tied with the south node of the moon, I’m hoping it “eclipses” the sh*t out of my boyfriends ex who is a neuisense! ???? I suspect she’s still emotionally attached. They met and married around the same time the lunar nodes were transiting OPPOSITE of this eclipse! They divorced in 2016, right before the nodes shifted.

  5. Feeling a bit nervous. This eclipse conjuncts my NN at 5 degrees Aquarius in 7th house squaring Mars at 1 degree in Taurus in House 10 (conjunct transiting Uranus). Meanwhile, Pluto has been flirting with my Moon in Cap at 25 degrees in 7th house also. Have some kind of karmic tie-up with business/emotional relationship that highlights each of these points.

  6. Also in between both eclipses is a reactivation of the grand water trine (Venus/Jupiter/Neptune) that took place late May by the Sun!

  7. Jamie please tell me!
    It will be exact conjunct my DC.
    What to expect?

  8. Hi Jamie!
    Can this eclipse be felt in you have natal Venus at 00 degrees Aquarius? Or what is the max orb for eclipse influence?

    • Normally I would give a 2 degree orb for a lunar eclipse but this is a massive one plus it’s closely conjunct Mars so maybe 3 or even 4 degrees orb.

      • So could the meaning be letting go of attachment from a past relationship? My boyfriends ex-wife is a neuisense eventhough its been a while since their divorce! I know her venus is at 00 Aquarius and her NN is 22 Aquarius. She keeps trying to hold on to the family dynamic (they have kids) and it’s taken her a while to move on, always trying to sabotage my relationship, so I’m hoping this eclipse will wipe out that silly attachment! My boyfriend was the one who left her but she acts like they could be best friends. Delusional!

  9. Hi Jamie, I’m traveling to San Fran for my solar demi return[July 24/precession corrected].I am debating weather to stay out there for the July 27th Eclipse,or return to NYC.Do I just take into consideration what house it falls in in San Fran?Thanks,Angel

    • Hi Angel. I don’t pay attention to House placements and I don’t like the idea of changing plans based on location for astrology charts. I think that is tempting fate.

  10. Check out the australia/philipines basket brawl fight last night! Some horrific crimes and road fatalities here in NZ in the last week, I’m staying at home for awhile longer…

  11. I’m due with baby #3 on 8.8.18 thoughts about going into labor during this time?

    • Hi Mandi, good luck! The long term influence are both very good for baby #3. Jupiter trine Neptune and Saturn trine Uranus. I guess he or she will be an old soul with so many retrograde planets and being born between eclipses.

    • Hi Rachel. I don’t like to advise changing surgery dates based on astrology. Trust that fate gave you that date for a reason.

  12. My sister stole a huge huge amount of money from the family’s multi-generational trust. It is actively in Superior Court. What I noticed is that the mars moon in Aquarius exactly opposes her ascendant in Leo with the black moon and Pluto also conjunction the ascendant. Venus is there but a few degrees from the ascendant. She has been stalling and getting away with it as she has hired an entire law firm to defend her. This one aspect eclipsing her first house looks nasty

  13. Was this calculated using the Sidereal Zodiac or the Tropical Zodiac?

    • I don’t understand. Do you mean the astrology chart of the diagram for the path of the lunar eclipse?

  14. Jamie, do you know what City this eclipse will be most potent? It’s such a biggie, it will be interesting to see any changes in that area. I feel it could be history shattering and humungous!

    • I expect it would be most potent over the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Africa, based on the eclipse path map. That includes a few hotspots like Jerusalem and Tehran.

      • Gulp! Thanks Jamie 🙂 Very interesting as I keep seeing ‘Moses and the parting of the waters’ (And I’m no religion!) I wonder if something big in regard to either Israel/ Jerusalem is about to be unveiled.
        Interesting, as a large ancient boulder fell from the Wailing wall yesterday.

  15. Hi… my birthday is July 27th 1973. Is this a special meaning for those born on this day?

    • Yes Karen. A birthday lunar eclipse is special because this eclipse stays active in your solar return chart for one year. This eclipse affects Leo decan 1 and Aquarius decan 1 more strongly than anyone else.

  16. ok so this is my birthday, my sun is in leo, my moon is in leo and my mars is in leo. my birthday is 7-27-87

  17. My birthday falls on this day (july 27th), what does this mean for me?

    • Hi Jeri Lynn. A birthday lunar eclipse is special because this eclipse stays active in your solar return chart for one year. This eclipse affects Leo decan 1 and Aquarius decan 1 more strongly than anyone else.

  18. Does this lunar eclipse have any significant impact on my sign? My birth date is January 31st 1995.

  19. My half birthday falls on the 8/11 eclipse( my birthday is 2/11/1991); does this hold any significance for me?

    • IDK what it means…get this…my sun sign is leo and my moon is in cancer. I am BOTH. Sun and Moon! If that ain’t enough…my wife is Aquarius and I am Leo!
      Do you think this will any affect on me?

  20. This eclipse is so punchy, and whilst always there is the potential for learning (saturn, chiron, pluto all piling in here too) with that mars and neptune it’s not pretty, channel serenity people!

  21. Shadow work continues in ways of acknowledging and dismissing all that does not serve us in the presence of our universe. Do not give way to the emotional fears and chaos that surrounds but we may observe and learn by not playing into it. Instead have a sound heart mind body soul and spirit in balanced alignment of our faith to sustain shield and protect our space; of thought, of intent, of home and love ones. Dismiss ego pride and the emotional fear energy from eclipse.

    Thank you,
    love n light????

  22. what about april 27,1987 birthday, what effect may the blood moon have on me?

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  24. Consider the fringe social response in the middle east to the blood moon and mars at perihelion conjunction
    That is to say the real response in the real world to the event. A fringe group may decide that the event is a sign from heaven to take a specific action that they would not normally take.

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